Friday, May 30, 2008

Pictures...

Our pictures came in today:


Poor Roni and her busted lip. Literally 2-3 hours before our pictures, Valerie knocked Veronica down and BUSTED HER lip. It bled and bled... Luckily the swelling had gone down in time. I was not happy!! There was no way to reschedule the pictures since Clint was leaving. At least it isn't *too* bad.














Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Welcome to the Twilight Zone

After the kids were in bed last night I was catching up on my TiVo shows. It was 9:40 and all of a sudden I hear this weird noise. "sssssssss" At first I thought it was the annoying neighbors in the back making noise. I paused the TiVo and got up to find out what it could be.

The stereo in our bedroom had come on.

All by itself.

It was "dead air" over the radio that I heard.

I know it was off because we NEVER turn it on. NEVER.

The only "logical" explanation I could come up with is maybe the TiVo remote turned it on somehow... ? But then, we've had the TiVo for a few months now and it never happened before.

Thank God it didn't come on again after I shut it off or I would have really freaked.

What do y'all think about that????

Monday, May 26, 2008

4 things....

4 Things I Was Doing 10 Years Ago:
1. Working at Seacor Marine in the purchasing department
2. Going to an aerobics class three nights a week
3. Spending LOTS of time online chatting!
4. Obscessing over the wrong guy

4. Things I Was Doing 5 Years Ago:
1. Stressing over building a house
2. Enjoying being a newlywed
3. Living in a teeny tiny house in Thibodaux
4. Still working at Seacor

4 Things I was Doing Yesterday:
1. Cooked a nice dinner for my family
2. Changed diapers
3. went swimming with the kids
4. laundry

4 Shows I Like to Watch:
1. LOST!
2. Desperate Housewives
4. Nip/Tuck
5. Grey's Anatomy

4 Things I Love to Do:
1. Bake
2. Cook
3. go on family outings
4. shop

Last gripe

Clint is on his way back to Houston. Hopefully he'll get there safely with little traffic.



I keep hearing jokes being made about me handling life as a single mom while Clint is away. Jokes which I do not find amusing at all. To most it seems it is not a big deal. Well to me and the kids, it is a big deal. Maybe I'm not as tough as they are. I realized long ago, unless it has been experienced firsthand, most people don't get it. Either that, or most people have family to rely on. As mentioned a few posts back, my parents are not well. In addition to them living 40 miles away, and not liking to drive very far, or drive at night, or in the rain.... they can't be around much. It can be quite tiring taking care of the girls with no breaks. I'm the one getting up at night with them and caring for them all day. Things like... taking a shower? ha. I have to wait until Veronica is asleep, and then I have to hurry because what if she wakes up crying?? And on the other hand.... Moms, imagine leaving your family behind for five weeks. How would you feel knowing your children ask for you and look for you every day?? I could go on and on. I just find the jokes appalling and insensitive and I wish they would stop.



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In other news... Since someone mentioned it the other day, Clint and I have started thinking about our 4th of July party. Most everyone knows I think that we try to have a big summer bash on the 4th. This year though, we have no idea if Clint will be working or not yet. If that's the case, we will just have a big barbecue at a later date. So if anybody else was wondering... that's the scoop.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Memorial Day Weekend

Clint finally made it home at 10:15 Friday night. He left Houston at 12:15, and a normal trip takes 5 hours! Crazy that the traffic was that awful. Valerie had waited up and she was SO happy to see him! As always , the weekend has gone by way too fast. Saturday Clint spent all day catching up on yard work. The grass was a foot high and weeds were everywhere! We had a nice family day today. Normally we barbecue for the summer holidays, but I decided to cook for Memorial Day. Clint will be leaving in the morning, so we had our dinner today. My mom and dad came over for to eat with us. I slow roasted some chicken, made some stuffing, green beans,and rolls. I made a heath bits pie.... mmmm it was yummy. After my mom and dad left, we all went outside and got in the little inflatable pool I bought the girls. Valerie and Veronica both love the pool. We stayed out in the backyard for about 3 hours! It's actually pretty nice sitting in the shallow water relaxing, LOL! I'm hoping that after all that both kids sleep good tonight!!

Clint will be heading back to Houston in the morning. Hopefully the traffic won't be as horrid as it was for his trip home. He'll be back in 3 weeks for ONE day, the Saturday before Father's Day. Clint is hoping that the on site training takes place in Broussard. IF that is the case, he'll be home much sooner. Keep your fingers crossed for us....

Picture post

Long overdue pictures since I have a minute... Lunch is in the oven. Roni is alseep. Clint and Val are outside setting up the pool for later.

Random:






Mother's Day weekend:



















Friday, May 23, 2008

Back online...

Our internet and cable TV were out for almost two days. Thank God for DVDs and TiVo to keep us occupied. We had a bad thunderstorm pass through. Lightning struck somewhere close! Power surge... out went the cable/net. Our bedroom DVD is completely fried. The tuner in the living room DVD/VCR is screwy. Oh well... at least we can buy new DVD players pretty cheap.

Clint is coming home for the weekend!! He should be here by now, but he got stuck in a huge traffic jam on I-10. He had to back track and get on Hwy 90. It's going to be so late when he gets here. We'll have Saturday and Sunday, then Monday he's heading back. I was thinking it was only three weeks left.. but it's FOUR! He heard there is a slight chance some of the training will be in Broussard, so if that is the case he'll be home sooner than 4 weeks. I sure hope so.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Too much time to think....

Being here by myself and thinking of the weeks ahead is dragging up old feelings of what it was like when Clint worked offshore. It was me and newborn Valerie, all the time. It was a lonely time. Late at night, my thoughts tend to wander. The house is dark. Thankfully quiet. And even though I'm completely exhausted, I'm fighting sleep so that I can savor a moment or two all to myself. I'm laying in bed listening to the quietness wondering how long will it last. How long before Valerie cries "mommy!" or Veronica stirrs. Sometimes I miss the old me. I miss younger days. I was "thin" and didn't know it. No wrinkles. No age spots. No gray hairs. No broken veins in my legs. Hello mini skirts. I listened to music. I knew the words to every song on the radio. I stood in line for hours for concert tickets. Then stood in line for hours to get in to general admission concerts. On sunny spring days, it was me and the blue sky. I'd wander aimlessly on my bicycle for hours just enjoying the wind on my face. Or I'd walk the trail at the lake. Just me and my CD player and the beauty of the day. I read book after book like there was no tomorrow. I'd read through and entire Glamour magazine in less than a day. I wrote hand written letters. I wrote poetry. Friends called to chat. At 11pm we'd decide to go out. New Orleans... Lafayette... anywhere but home. Anywhere we could dance! I could walk into the local bar on any given night and be greeted with, 'Mel's here!!" I saw movies in the theatre every weekend. Young, full of energy, hopes, with endless possibilities. Yet, I was so lost. I felt so lost. What happened to that girl?? I guess she had to grow up. Now I'm a Mommy with two sweet little beings who tag along with me everywhere. And I wouldn't change that for the world. It's just that I don't remember the last time I did any of those things. Anything that I enjoy. But... moms are not supposed to want for themselves. But sometimes I do. I wish I could do something for me. Even if it's just listen to the radio and catch up on today's music. Go to a concert. Go out dancing. What I wouldn't give for the chance to do something that I used to do and enjoy... the things that made me ME.

And not feel guilty.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Pictures!

Our Olan Mills pictures are online. Even the silly outtakes. Too bad they are too small to *ahem* borrow.

order # 9556200559 galliano

http://shop.olanmills.com/cart.php?m=product_detail&p=1058

Monday, May 19, 2008

Random

I really don't understand people sometimes. I just don't get them at all. What happened to common courtesy... common sense?? Please and thank you?? People don't appreciate anything you do for them these days.

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It was $45 to tank up my car yesterday. Yikes. Thank goodness I can go nearly 400 miles on a tank of gas!!

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Valerie has been asking day after day, "Where's daddy?" Or, "Daddy's coming home?" My favorites are, "Daddy's wearing his Crocs at school?" "Daddy's eating supper with his friends at school?" "Is Daddy at the hotel with a chair bed for me to sleep on?" Funny how their little minds work.

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Veronica still isn't walking. She takes steps here and there but hasn't quite gotten balance mastered yet.

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I'm so tired. Kids are both fussy and whiney and clingy. New thyroid meds should be here tomorrow. Hopefully they give me a boost.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Asking for good thoughts..

Those of you that know my mom know that she is very rarely, if ever, sick. She has NEVER been a sickly person. Lately though she has had many health issues back to back. Finally she had her hearing tested and has nearly 70% hearing loss (which isn't really a surprise to all of us who repeat ourselves constantly!) She had outpatient surgery a few months ago to remove some precancerous tissue, which thankfully was successful. She now has some breathing problems, shortness of breath, and wheezing, which the doctor told her is asthma and will never go away. She has osteoporosis, and her hip has been causing her lots of pain. Enough for her to walk with a cane at times. And today, she went to the eye doctor and needs to have cataract surgery. All of this is quite a bit to take on all at once. I know there is no stopping time and my parents ARE getting older and are considered "elderly" at this point, but it is very hard to think of them that way.

Thyroid check up

I had my biannual endocrinologist appointment and bloodwork yesterday. I really hope my doctor adjusts my medicine. I talked to him about being so darn tired all the time. I told him how I was struggling on the machines at the gym, even after all this time. Some days I have zero energy, especially after the gym. And of course there's issue of not losing any weight. I figured it out a while back and on average I'm going to the gym 22 times a month!! So we'll see what the bloodwork numbers say and hopefully get me feeling better.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Well... Clint is leaving for Houston in the morning. He'll be gone five weeks.

FIVE weeks. Such a long time to be away from your family. He may try to come home once or twice - for a day.

*sigh*

I am NOT looking forward to being alone or being a 'single mom' for five weeks. I'm already so tired as it is. I don't know how I'll keep up. I'm worried how Val will handle her daddy being gone for so long. Every day, several times a day, she asks, "hey, where's my Dad?" Or, "Daddy's at work? He's coming home?" He was away a lot when she was a baby, but really hasn't been gone more than a week or two since then.

Oh well. C'est La Vie I guess... We'll deal with it.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Weekend update

How long have we had a piano? Three days?? Yesterday I was moving my Mother's Day flowers and noticed weird marks on the top. I looked closer.... more marks. I discovered they are ALL over the piano. The sides. The top. The legs. BLACK MARKER MARKS. I have **NO** idea what possessed Valerie to take a black marker and draw lines all over my new piano. I am NOT HAPPY!! She has never drawn on anything before, so why the piano!?!? Luckily they are not that noticeable, but I know it's there and I know who did it. Grrrrrr. I have tried everything and it will not come off. Magic Erasers, lemon oil, toothpaste, nail polish remover, and even hairspray. It was a plain old Crayola marker!! If anybody has any other suggestions, I will try anything! But Geeze...

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We had a great weekend!! Friday afternoon we took family pictures at Olan Mills. I was really happy with the photographer. I've gone there before just for their cheap $5 picture package, and the girl there was so-so. Good enough for cheap pictures though. There is a new girl there now, and she did great with the kids. I had the hardest time choosing pictures because they all looked so good.

Saturday my cousin got married and we went to the wedding. It was all so nice! This was Valerie's first wedding ever and she loved it. We had a blast. Great food and yummy cake! Valerie was the star of the show. She took over the dance floor and danced and danced and danced. Everybody was watching her. At one point this older man grabbed her hands and danced with her. It was SO funny! There were 2-3 other kids dancing off and on, but Valerie would not quit. She was out there dancing all by herself a good bit. Val and some little boy were all over the floor doing silly stuff. Val tried to do some of the line dances too. It was hilarious!! I kept saying we were going to leave, but Val was having so much fun. Finally at 9pm I decided it was time and we had to practically drag her out of there screaming.

Today we went to my mom's and they took us out for lunch. Clint sent me beautiful peach roses and some bath stuff on Friday. Today he gave me a new camera!! I love my DSLR, but it is so huge and clunky to carry around. Plus since it was so expensive, I'm always worried about somebody stealing it or it getting broken. I wanted a cheap small pocket size camera for a while now. I saw a purple Nikon 8mp Coolpix camera bundle that came with a 1gig SD card and a matching purple case at Best Buy, so I told Clint that's what I wanted for Mother's Day. (Oh how I hate Best Buy!! Of course the saleslady at Best Buy tried to sell him just the camera and then the memory card separate pretending not to know about the bundle on sale. And she pushed that stupid warranty, which I'm sure everyone in the free world knows is the biggest rip off by now!!) Anyway, Clint got it for me and it's great! Pictures to come later....
Happy Mother's Day to all the mommies out there!!!

Friday, May 09, 2008

One down...

Yesterday I fulfilled one of my lifelong dreams/goals! It all started when I was 6 or 7 years old. My dad fished something out of the trash and fixed it for me. What was it? An organ. The cord was frayed, and my dad being the electrical engineer he is, fixed it easily. I can still hear the whirrr of the fan when we clicked it on. My dad didn't know a thing about music, so he numbered the keys and I wanted to play here comes the bride. He sounded it out and wrote down the numbers so I could play it. Heehee! I had that thing for YEARS and played it regularly. I could play the melody to almost anything. In 6th grade we had plastic flutes (flutophones) to play in music class. I learned to play all the flute songs on the organ too. When I was about 12, I got a fancy mini keyboard for Christmas. I bought a few learn to play piano books, put stickers on the keys, and learned to play a few songs. I was also in choir, so I was exposed to all kinds of music and learned to sight read. In high school I bought myself a full sized keyboard. (It currently is on the floor in my living room as the kids love to bang on it.) I talked my mom into piano lessons one summer. I learned a little bit, but I didn't like it (or the instructor!) so that was the end of that. I kept practicing though and I could play a few of the songs I had gotten from my lessons. Eventually over time, I got busier with work and social things, so the keyboard got shoved under my bed. I got it out for Valerie to play with a couple years ago. Sadly I have forgotten almost everything I knew!!

Anyway...... pretty much my whole life I have wanted a piano. A real piano. Everytime I saw a piano, I always have the urge to sit down and attempt to play. I've always wanted my very own piano to tinker around on. Yesterday we bought one!! Somebody was selling a Cable Spinet in great condition for $500 which is exactly the kind I have always wanted. When I saw the pictures of it, I knew it had my name on it. Hopefully the kids will be interested in learning how to play. And hopefully I can rekindle my interest as well and relearn what I used to know!!! And it doesn't hurt that it looks really nice in my foyer!!!!


Thursday, May 01, 2008

Another milestone

Veronica took her first steps!! She took about 4 steps, then did it again and again! I'm going to have to watch her like a hawk. She'll be into everything. She is much more adventurous than Valerie was!!

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I have been SO drained all week. No energy at all!! I don't know if it's the diet or all the extra exercise. Today marks 7 days without sugar or flour. Seven more to go... I'm down 4 lbs already. Sunday I did 40 minutes of cardio, no weights. Monday - 40 minutes of cardio plus weights. Tuesday we went to the park instead! Wednesday - 40 minutes of cardio. Thursday (today) 40 minutes of cardio and weights. I have to admit after 40 minutes on the machines, I'm exhausted. I'm hoping that by pushing myself a little harder I can get these pounds off for good. I just wish I wasn't so darn tired!

A funny story about the gym today... Most people keep to themselves. There are a few that say hi and chit chat, but most don't say a word. Well, today this lady I have seen for months started talking to me about the elipitical being tough. She told me a little about her exercise routine, that her husband had died, and she hired a trainer, etc. etc. Then she starts about how God led her to keep the weight off and led her to the gym and the YMCA. She said something about the tanning bed and how she burned her ass in it. (LOL) And she was sure to point out that ass is one of the few curse words she says because it's in the bible. Ass, bastard, and crap (dung.) And then came "Are you Christian???" So I told her we used to go to church, but with the kids we don't anymore. So we were talking about the kids and she'd say things about the bible. She says, "In the bible it says we should enjoy the fruits of sin but not the act of sin itself. You know, that thing we like to do sometimes in the flesh." I don't remember what she said after that. LMAO! It was really odd hearing this come from a 64 year old woman I don't even know!!!